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European Center for Minority Issues  (ECMI)

www.ecmi.de

The  ECMI   mission is  to  address  minority-majority   relations  through  high-quality research,  policy analysis,  training,  mediation  and fostering co-operation with and among communities and provide assistance to the government and NGO sectors. With its offices in Flensburg,  Kosovo and Georgia, and the representative in Ukraine,  ECMI  seeks to bridge the gaps between theory and practice, research and politics,  mainstream politicians and minority activists.

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ECMI has implemented a successful record of research and action oriented projects in the areas of democracy and social cohesion, with a focus on minority rights both in European neighbourhood and within EU member states.

ECMI has 20 years of extensive experience in organizing and hosting study visits, trainings, learning programmes, networking and capacity building activities. Besides its annual funding, ECMI is managing large grants coming from national and international donors, among which CoE, OSCE, governments of Denmark, Finland, etc.
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Association Paradigme Educational (APE)

paradigme.euroeducation.ro/

APE was established  with the general aim of improving the quality and performance of the education provided,   to gain an European dimension   in order to share the best practices in the field of education and especially ICT  integration in  teaching  activities {management, staff competences,  new teaching methods  and  tools,   language  competences,   organisation   of  teaching  and  learning)  with  others organizations.  Also APE implements a wide variety of local,  national  and international activities carried out in cooperation with partner schools,  evaluating international  activities and the European dimension in the curriculum,  disseminating the activities and outcomes, strengthening intercultural awareness.

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- Ensure the quality of the projects and link them to the curriculum
- Stimulate the streamlining of curricular elements with an ICT in  education orientation
- Manage and organise professional development activities on ICT in  education with or without partners abroad
- Apply successfully for grants within the Erasmus+ programme.
- Provide further opportunities for cross-border mobility within education, training and volunteering
-Take steps to attain the objectives of the current European Union (EU) programs for education, youth, IT, artistic, culture, citizenship and research
- Facilitate the participation of all and enhance the mobility of all educational staff
- Create partnerships and take action at several levels and with various international stakeholders to increase opportunities for mobility.

CSP - INNOVAZIONE  NELLE ICT S.C.A.R.L.

www.csp.it

CSP is a research center,  working  on ICT applied research and industrial development. CSP is  non-profit and has public and private  shareholders,  including  the Piemonte Regional Government and the main local   Universities;   It  Is  acknowledged  as  Research Laboratory by  MIUR (Italian Ministry of Research and University).  The mission  Is  applying the scientific and technological   research to develop local  innovation  potential. CSP has been performing,   in the last 15 years, the technology  transfer of the R&D outputs to local communities,  enterprises,  local  PAs, schools and educational  player. CSP works in  cooperation with academia  and SMEs in collaborative research projects and with user communities in Living Labs.

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Danmar Computers  LLC

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 Danmar Computers is a private company providing vocational training  in the field of  Information Technology and developing e-learning and customised ICT solutions. It deals with: training, developing programs and training materials, counselling, designing web pages, web campaigns and e-learning systems. The technical staff has capability to develop any modern web and mobile applications, using database technologies,   web servers and application servers.  That includes social  and cloud services, both from client and server side.  Danmar Computers has designed and developed a project management system - AdminProject. It currently is the only product on the market dedicated to the management of European projects.

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Besides expertise related to IT area, Danmar has experience of many years in carrying out European Union educational programs including: Progress, Transfer of Innovation, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig Partnerships. Within the framework of the projects employees work on methodologies of research, conduct research, elaborate reports, design curricula and training materials which often are prepared as an answer to the needs of concrete group of people. As natural field of activity of Danmar Computers is the IT sector, the company often creates various IT tools that support project activities (on-line questionnaires, interactive training, mobile applications or Internet based dissemination campaigns).

All the company's activities are based on well-established network of cooperation with domestic and foreign training and counselling organisations, schools, universities, public institutions as well as private sector companies. The activities are directed to various target groups. A significant group of people are young people for whom special training programs are being designed. A special attention is put on those young people that are disadvantages, which often means that they are unemployed, not in education or training (NEETs).

In summary, Danmar's mission is promoting life-long education and assuring equal opportunities of access to education for everyone with the use of modern technology and with innovative training methodologies.
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European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano  (EURAC)

www.eurac.edu

 The European  Academy Bolzano/ Bozen (EURAC),  Italy,  established in 1992,   is a private non-profit organization  for applied research and further education,  supported by both private and public funding. It has a turnover of about €21 million and more than 350 collaborators. EURAC is composed of  11 institutes,  which are grouped under four  research departments in the fields of "Autonomies",  "Health", "Mountains",  and "Technologies".  In the past nine years,  EURAC participated in more than 90 externally funded projects and at present is involved as either coordinator or partner in  more than 35 projects funded within various EU programmes.

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The Institute for Minority  Rights pursues basic and applied research on the protection of minorities and the management of cultural diversity.   It focuses on Issues of cohesion and governance In  pluriethnic societies,  including the new challenges related to migration  into territories inhabited by minorities.
The research projects carried out by the institute concern three key research areas:  Minorities,  indigenous peoples and  territorial governance;  National minorities,   migration and cultural   diversity;   European institutions and minority protection.
Besides its expertise in conducting basic and applied research,  the institute publishes various high-end academic publications,  and offers consultancy and training on minority rights worldwide.  Drawing on the South Tyrolean  autonomy model as a contextual framework for the lnstitute's work, our team of lawyers and political scientists  promote peaceful coexistence in pluriethnic  societies and  intercultural   understanding between different  peoples around the world.  The institute focuses on the management of ethnic and cultural diversity as a tool for accomplishing  these goals.

Kairos Europe Limited

www.kairoseurope.co.uk

 Kairos  Europe, established  in  2011,  is  a  company  dedicated  to  promoting the  development  of programmes aimed at increasing the intercultural exchanges between European countries. Our mission is to provide quality training opportunities for youths and adults in order to improve their knowledge and skills and enhance their career prospects. 

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We  organise professional development  courses for  people involved in education who want to acquire new competences. Courses include digital classrooms,  interculture, school management, art and sports in education, and social inclusion.

We have taken part in several international partnership projects, focused in particular on languages, IT,  disadvantaged categories (migrants,  unemployed, parents facing social and economic disadvantage), and projects promoting integration and equality.

As part of our training courses, we are especially sensitive in the issues related to developing social skills for living and working in today's multi-cultural societies, being promoters of positive approaches to multi-cultural issues, and learning to leave in harmony with each other.

Moreover we arrange study visits for professionals who want who want to Improve their skills in their field of expertise or have an insight into their professional field  in  the  UK. We  can arrange visits  In  the following areas: International Development, Charity Sector, Immigration Policies, Arts, Active Aging and Education.

Our organisation has been working since its foundation with disadvantaged categories such as migrants, asylum seekers, refugees. As part of our activities, we have organised several activities for  these categories,  such as free English and IT courses,  or sessions about employability and entrepreneurship.

Finally, we have been promoting courses on integration,  social skills for people dealing with multi-cultural groups, and therefore we have experience in the areas relevant to this application but would like to do this project in order to have a different point of view on the issue, which are confident this project could provide.
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Liceul  Pedagogic  "Mircea  Scarlat"  Alexandria

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"Mircea Scarlat" Pedagogical  High  School  is well known  in the county of Teleorman as it is the only high school with pedagogic profile.  This  is  why pupils all over the county choose to study here during the four years of secondary education.

Having a history and tradition which can be traced back to the year 1873, this school  has formed more than a thousand school teachers. In  recent years, this  high school has become one of the best in  the county, with exceptional  results in terms of both compulsory school education and extracurricular activities.  "Mircea Scarlat" Pedagogical High School offers the following profiles and specializations:

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- Vocational education, with the pedagogical pathway, where primary and kindergarten teachers are formed;
- Theoretical education  with  two  main  fields   of  study: the  humanistic  and   the  realistic pathway.There are also  philology classes with bilingual study in both Romanian and English languages, two more philology classes and mathematics -  ICT classes.

Currently, the school has a number of 891  pupils grouped in 30 classes. This Institution  provides all classes from 8 to 2 pm,  which is a great advantage for the commuters.More than this,  the school is a boarding  one which  is an advantage for the students who cannot commute.   This  is even better if we are to consider the fact that the students learning In  this school  come from  distant rural areas and a considerable  part of them spend a lot of time commuting instead of learning.

To meet the needs of the students, the school has a canteen where they can have three meals a day at very reasonable prices. This  is a good choice  for those on low income. The school is constantly looking for ways to ensure quality in education through the teaching-learning  process and research with the view to offering to the students both personal and professional development. This high school has a number of 64 teachers,  out of whom,  more than a half  have their final degree in education and a wide experience in teaching.

The aims of this school is to provide quality and excellent education generated by Romania's European integration, to fulfill the intellectual,  moral and professional development of students.  "Mircea Scarlat" Pedagogical High school has two premises with many modern laboratories and classroom, such as: history, biology, chemistry, geography, foreign languages, Romanian language, counseling  laboratories, a modern sports hall, computer science laboratories with computers and internet access and a library with volumes in  Romanian and English  languages.

Apart from the compulsory subject matters that students  have to attend, the high school offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities meant to develop social skills, such as volunteering  for the benefit of the community, as well as personal skills:  communication, team work,  responsibility  and mutual help. These activities are based on students'own interests  and also  taking into account the educational objectives  such  as: education for  values,  education for  democratic  citizenship,  health education, environmental protection education (ecology), free time education, European values education.
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MEDEA; MEDIA & LEARNING IVZW

association.media-and-learning.eu/portal/

The Media & Learning Association is an international, not-for-profit association set up in 2012 under Belgian law to promote and stimulate the use of media as a way to enhance innovation and creativity in teaching and learning across all  levels of education in  Europe. By the end of 2015,  the association represented 37 organisational members from 17 countries.

At present the most important activities of the association are:

 
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- Communication services covering this subject via newsletters (>14000 subscribers), webinars, annual international Media & Learning Conference
- Project facilitation and knowledge sharing services
- Organisation of the annual MEDEA Awards which attracts annually between 200 and 300 entries

The annual Media & Learning Conference which is run each year in collaboration with the Flemish Ministry of Edupation and Training  and with the support of the European Commission, is aimed at policy makers,  service providers and practitioners.
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Mercator/  Fryske Akademy

www.mercator-research.eu

 The Fryske Akademy (FA) is the scientific centre for research and education located in the province of Fryslan. The research it carries out ranges from: culture, history,  linguistics, language learning,  regional and economic development. The FA is home to the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism   and Lanquaqe Learning  (MRC).  The MRC focuses  on several  fields of  research, amongst others on policy, education, multilingualism,  language learning and minority languages and cultures. 

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Related topics of research focus on language vitality and preservation,  languages and minority communities in the digital era, social media use, intercultural dialogue, mobility related to language and culture, just to name but a few.

Next to that, it has an important network function as member of many International  networks: The MRC is leading member of the European Mercator Network which exists now for over 25 years, participates in the European Civil Society Platform, and in the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) to name but a few.  The  MRC is situated  in a multilingual region  in  the Province of  Friesland,  the Netherlands. This region hence functions as a natural  'laboratory' to pilot and test, and to carry out research in its field of expertise, especially in the field of multilingualism, and to share this amongst other regions in Europe.

The scope of  activities of  MRC are  in general  centred around the study, gathering,  storing and distribution of information through a documentation and information network for regional and minority languages in  the European Union. Other elements of the MRC are a database of experts in the wide field of: multilingualism,  regional and minority languages, language learning technologies and language and minority  policies. These experts are active in contributing to the MRC activities  (e.g.  seminars, conferences and the production of reports). For example,  in collaboration with the international  network of experts the MRC produces a series of Regional  Dossiers that describe the position of lesser-used languages in education,  and a series of language fact sheets that give brief overviews of language diversity in the member states of the European Union.

The Mercator Research Centre (MRC) has proved its quality in several EU projects,  including  several LLP projects. The number of staff members often changes because of the flow of projects,  but is normally between 5 and 9 FTE. The FA is home to MRC and has normally around 60 FTE.
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Workers  Education  and Training   College (WETCO)

www.wetco.knsb-bg.org

 Workers' Education and Training College was established on 24 April 2003 as an Adult Training and Research organisation closely related to the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (KNSB}, one of the nationally representative social  partners. The WETCO mission is to offer the following services: in time information, opportunities to acquire systematic and advanced knowledge, qualifications and skills to increase their competitiveness and employability.

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In order to enlarge the influence of the modern industrial relations among the civil society, the College provides Adult training, incl. Training  of Trainers,  Vocational Education and Training,  Key competencies Training,  as well as Career Guidance services,  Research and Analysis on Labour market, LLL and VET areas. WETCO has a significant expertise in elaboration of VET curricula and methodologies,  Key competencies Training,  Career Guidance and Counselling, European and national project management. WETCO has its internal Quality Management System.